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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Po (voice)
Shifu (voice)
Tigress (voice)
Tai Lung (voice)
Monkey (voice)
Mantis (voice)
Viper (voice)
Crane (voice)
Oogway (voice)
Mr. Ping (voice)
Zeng (voice)
Gang Boss (voice)
KG Shaw (voice)
JR Shaw (voice)


It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's not a big fat panda... he's THE big fat panda! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,239,130 (USA) (6 June 2008)


$215,395,021 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The circular marking on Mantis' back contains the stylized rendering of a Chinese art character for "longevity" ("Shou" in Pinyin transliteration) which is commonly used in paper cuttings, wooden panels, silk prints, etc. See more »


(at around 12 mins) When Po tries to use the bamboo to vault into the ceremony he makes a big crack in the wall - however this disappears right away as it is never to be seen again. See more »


[first lines]
Po: Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits are carried out in stylized 2D animation, meant to resemble Chinese shadow puppetry. See more »


Featured in Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008) See more »


Masterami Kung-Fu
Lyrics by Ilya Lagutenko
Performed by Ilya Lagutenko
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User Reviews

Cute animated comedy that inspires lessons in life
6 June 2008 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

(Synopsis) Kung Fu Panda is the story of Po, (voice Jack Black), a sweet, but clumsy Panda who has dreams of fighting with the legendary Furious Five and protecting the city against all threats. The only problem is that Po has no real life experience of kung fu, and his real job is serving noodles at his dad's noodles shop. News of selecting the Dragon Warrior is sent out from the Jade Temple, and the whole city along with Po, go to the celebration. The competition is between the Furious Five: Tigress (voice Angelina Jolie), Viper (voice Lucy Liu), Crane (voice David Cross), Monkey (voice Jackie Chan), and Mantis (voice Seth Rogen). Po accidentally enters the contest and is named the Dragon Warrior. Master Shifu (voice Dustin Hoffman) must find a way to train Po and make him a Kung Fu Master, especially, after they learn that the snow leopard, Tai Lung (voice Ian McShane), is headed their way.

(My Comment) This is a cute animated comedy that also inspires lessons in life. The audience can relate to people who have dreams of doing the impossible, just as Po. Po ultimately learns that if he believes in himself, he can do anything. Jack Black (Po) and Dustin Hoffman (Shifu) voices were just right for their parts, and the chopstick fight between them is fantastic. Ian McShane (Tai Lung) was also wonderful as the villain, and his battle sequence on the rope bridge is spectacular. This film is for the whole family, because adults will enjoy the movie just as much as their children. (DreamWorks, Run Time 1:28, Rated PG)

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